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Briar Cliff Women top College of Saint Mary to extend season

Briar Cliff Women top College of Saint Mary to extend season

Charger women’s basketball needed a win over College of Saint Mary Saturday afternoon to earn a place in the GPAC Postseason Tournament. BC erased a 12-point deficit in the fourth quarter to beat the Flames 75-70 and take the #8 seed. Although the Flames could not make it into the tournament, the team was playing for pride in its final game of the season.

The Cliff took its first lead of the fourth quarter at the 2:05 mark when Taylor Wagner hit a 2-point bucket to go up 68-67 and the Chargers held off CSM in the final minutes.

“I thought we did an excellent job of persevering through a difficult stretch in the fourth quarter,” said head coach Mike Power. “It was nice to see our kids come together and push through to win this one.”

The game started with the Flames out to a 10-6 lead and a Briar Cliff timeout with 6:13 left in the first quarter. The Chargers came back and led 20-13 after the first 10 minutes. BC did not trail in the second quarter but was only up 33-30 at halftime.

The third quarter looks similar to the first, but with Briar Cliff leading early in the second half and College of Saint Mary storming back to take a five-point lead into the final 10 minutes.

The Chargers trailed the Flames 60-48 with 8:02 left in the contest before a 20-7 run by the Blue and Gold ended with the team up 68-67 with 2:05 remaining. Faith Troshynski scored eight of her 12 points during the run, which lasted 5:55, and the Cliff outlasted the Flames.

“I am happy for our two seniors to get a win for the last time on the Cliff court,” Power added.

Logan Ehlers and Alyssa Carley each scored 16 points for the Chargers. Ehlers was just off a double-double, pulling down nine rebounds. Taylor Wagner added 14 points and dished out a team-high four assists and forced three steals. The Chargers shot 38.8% from the floor, 33.3% from the 3-point line and 73.9% from the free throw line.

Corryne Millett and Tyler Sumpter matched Carley and Ehlers with the game-high 16 points. Ashley Nelson gave out five assists and Dani Carlson had seven boards. The Flames shot 42.6% from the field, 38.2% from beyond the arc and 62.5% from the charity stripe.

BC will travel to #1 Concordia Wednesday night for the opening round of the GPAC Postseason Tournament. Tipoff is set for 7 p.m. in Seward, Nebraska.

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